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Is There Such a Thing of Too Much Sleep for My Baby?

Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep for a baby, because he needs to satisfy his feeding needs, says pediatrician Jennifer A. Gardner, founder of Healthy Kids Company. “Newborns should never be allowed to sleep through the night because they are growing very rapidly, so they have very high caloric demands,” says Gardner, who practices in Washington, D.C.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, most babies are capable of sleeping through the night for six- to eight-hour stretches by 9 months old or sooner if their weight has doubled since birth. Longer stretches should be avoided so your child can eat and meet his nutritional needs, Gardner says.

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